IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals share the list of released and retained players

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals share the list of released and retained players

Ajinkya Rahane who led the team last season has been retained by the franchise.

Jofra Archer
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The bells have started to ring for the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With November 16 being the deadline to announce the list of retained and released, the teams have finalised their decisions. Even Rajasthan Royals have also released their specific list and the big name from the last season’s auction released by them is Jaydev Unadkat who performed very poorly despite being paid very high following his heroics in the 2017 season.

The other Indian players released by the franchise are Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma and Jatin Saxena while the overseas players with whom the Royals parted ways are D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin, Heinrich Klaasen, Dane Paterson, Zahir Khan and Dushmantha Chameera.

Smith retained

As far as the retained players are concerned, Steve Smith will play after being banned following the ball-tampering scandal last year. The Head of Cricket of the franchise, Zubin Bharucha said, “The results in the previous season have been impressive and that is why we have decided not to disturb the balance of the squad. We cannot wait for the start of the 2019 season and preparation has already begun.”

Speaking about the released lot, he went on to thank those players for their efforts last season and wished them the success for their future endeavours. “After analysing our performances of 2018 and plotting our vision for the season ahead, we have decided to release a few players from our squad. We are grateful for their exceptional effort during the tournament last season and wish them success in their future endeavours, whilst they will always continue to be part of the extended Royals family,” he added according to the official website of the Royals.

Here’s the list of retained players by Rajasthan Royals:

Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi.

Released Players

D’Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin, Heinrich Klaasen, Dane Paterson, Zahir Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma, Jatin Saxena, Jaydev Unadkat.

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